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Six good things Richard Nixon did for the environment

Feb. 26, 2010, 12:44 p.m.
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Strong eco-legacy

When most people think of President Richard Nixon, the term "environmentalist" isn't the word that immediately leaps to mind. The 37th president who resigned from office in 1973 after the Watergate scandal, left a surprisingly strong environmental legacy, giving our nation new legislation governing protection of the air, water and wilderness.

His motives may have been purely political (he once said environmentalists wanted to live like "a bunch of damned animals"), but his administration did a lot of good for nature. Here are six great things Richard Nixon did for the environment. (Text: Shea Gunther)